Title

Atrocity Speech Law: Addressing Hate that Does Grave Harm,

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Year

2018

Journal Title

Human Rights Quarterly

ISSN

0275-0392

DOI

10.1353/hrq.2018.0041

Abstract

Reviewing Gregory S. Gordon, Atrocity Speech Law: Foundation, Fragmentation, Fruition (Oxford Univ. Press 2017), ISBN 9780190612689

Atrocity Speech Law, by Gregory Gordon, offers a bold, holistic framework to repair gaps and discrepancies in the international laws regarding speech that can trigger grave crimes. The book shows how current treaties and conventions were constructed piecemeal in the urgency to prosecute those responsible for such horrors as the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide. Now, as hostile speech regains a political foothold and as new forms of communication disrupt old norms, Gordon proposes a "Unified Liability Theory," a more thorough, consistent, and rigorous law to clarify the line between legitimate protest and crime.

First Page

718

Last Page

729

Num Pages

12

Volume Number

40

Issue Number

3

Publisher

Johns Hopkins University Press

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